and laudable display of support and solidarity impressed the core group of
Kalayaan, the annual community-wide celebration of Philippine
Independence, during one of its regular meetings last Sunday (January 11,
2009) at Wyndham Hotel.
All the 2009 Kalayaan muses and their parents attended the
on-going meetings and submitted initial and tentative guest list.
"The bodes well for an event and celebration still about six
months away." noted Hernan Bundalian, Overall Chair of Kalayan '09 who
presided Sunday's meeting. The session was also a final effort to
streamline Saturdays (January 17, 2009) Kalayaan Kick off ceremonies and
Induction of Officers at Meridian Banquet in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
Kalayaan officers and members are also elated over the expeditious
manner by which the programs and working committee assignments have been
"We've trimmed items in this Saturday's ceremonies," assured Ed
Cabanayan, in charge of the Kick off program and Induction rites. "We
shortened the program in polite consideration of and deference to the
wished of our guest. We have scheduled brief remarks and only those
germane to the program and ceremonies."
Capsuled and timed remarks were scheduled for Ronnie Cascolan, Co-Chair
of the Kalayaan Executive Committee, acceptance speech of Hernan Bundalian,
Overall Chair of Kalayaan "09 Executive Committee and Orly Bernardino,
founder of Kalayaan to finally bring the ceremonies home.
Atty. Jun Joaquin, legal
Adviser of Kalayaan will induct the new set of officers while Kalayaan
spiritual leader, Mrs. Josefina Sibayan, President of the Abra Association
of the Midwest, will deliver the invocation, Judy Zarate, Executive Chair
of Kalayaan Program Committee will acknowledge the previous present of the
club presidents and special guests while Lori Bernardino, aside from
emceeing the program, will also present this year's Kalayaan muses.
The scaled down program content and presentation is in keeping with
Overall Chair, Mr. Bundalian 's theme to allow more time for guests to
have fun and socialize.
"This is in departure from precious and unending practice of
former chairs and leaders to allow personalities to harangue and therefore
harass our guests." Bundalian said. (Reprinted from THE PHILIPPINE WEEKLY
a Filipino newspaper in Chicago)